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Folding Techniques for Designers by Paul Jackson – a book review and a special giveaway

by pleatfarmer on June 15, 2011

Pleat enthusiasts, hobbyists, architects, designers, design students and teachers, rejoice! If you’ve been searching for a great reference on the basics of folding, paper artist and professional folder Paul Jackson recently released his book titled Folding Techniques for Designer: From Sheet to Form. In conjunction with Laurence King Publishing, Pleat Farm will be giving away copies to two lucky winners. Sneak a peek at the book, and check out the giveaway instructions.

This is not your typical instructional book on origami models. Rather, it is a concept book on folding. Simply titled Folding Techniques for Designer: From Sheet to Form, the book is a culmination of Paul Jackson’s years of teaching folding concepts at his ‘Sheet to Form’ workshops to university-level students of fashion, textiles, ceramics, graphic design, architecture, packaging, and many more. Key techniques are presented starting with the basics of dividing the paper and the subsequent chapters describing the folding fundamentals of pleating, crumpling and box making.

As the book progresses, each chapter delves further into a folding topic in greater detail. In the case chapter on ‘Basic Pleats’, Paul dissected the topic and classified them into ‘Accordion’, ‘Knife’, ‘Box’ and ‘Incremental’ pleats, with each sub-category clearly illustrated through step-by-step drawing sequence, gridded crease pattern diagrams and photographs.

One of the chapters called ‘Spans and Parabolas’ is a take on folds which result in structural forms resembling architectural roof spans as shown below.

Another fascinating chapter challenges the origami technique by simply forming a piece of paper with no crease or just one crease by inducing a curvature on the sheet. The result is simplicity.

The book is accompanied by a CD containing all the crease pattern drawings.

Here are the instructional videos based on the book:

About the author:
Paul Jackson has been a professional paper folder and paper artist since 1982 and is the author of 30 books on paper arts and crafts. He has taught the techniques of folding on more than 150 university-level design courses in the UK, Germany, Belgium, the US, Canada and Israel. These include courses in Architecture, Graphic Design, Fashion Design, Textile Design, Jewellery, Product Design, Packaging, Ceramics, Industrial Design, Fine Art, Basic Design and Interior Design. He has also taught many workshops in museums, arts centers and festivals and has worked as a folding consultant for companies such as Nike and Siemens.

A video clip from Between the Fold documentary:
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2 Ways to Win: Enter Twice to Increase Your Odds

You can enter by joining the Pleat Farm Facebook Fan Page or by following Pleat Farm on Twitter. Please read the details below. Feel free to use both methods of entry, giving you 2 entries into the giveaway and increasing your odds of winning.

Enter by “Liking” our Facebook Page:

First, leave a message in the Comments section of this post.

Next, “Like” the Pleat Farm Facebook Fan Page & leave the following message ”hey @pleatfarm count me in for the giveaway #pf01”

Enter by Following P|F on Twitter

1. Follow P|F on twitter @pleatfarm

2. Tweet the following message “hey @pleatfarm count me in for the giveaway”

Selecting the Winner

On Wednesday June 29th, 2011 TWO names will be randomly selected from all the entries to win the book prizes. The winners will be announced on the Pleat Farm Facebook Fan Page as well as through Twitter.

If you don’t want to wait that long,

Folding Techniques for Designer is available for purchase here.

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{ 46 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Melissa June 15, 2011 at 12:15 AM

That looks really good. Dynamic structures have great potential in interactive architecture and electronic textiles. My students will love this.

2 Wendy Ward June 15, 2011 at 2:21 AM

Looks inspiring and useful, well done!

3 Ella {moleskine.} June 15, 2011 at 4:05 AM

This book looks amazing! Paper, structure, pattern. Some of my favourite things. Pick me! Pick me!

4 Christina June 15, 2011 at 8:30 AM

This book looks fascinating! I love folded forms at all scales, from object to building.

5 Val and Vess (Big Picture Stuff) June 15, 2011 at 7:20 PM

Love your blog and love this book! Your blog seriously has helped so much with work, studies and inspiration! THANK YOU!

6 pleatfarmer June 15, 2011 at 11:40 PM

Thank you! :)

7 Laura June 18, 2011 at 2:34 AM

As a design student with a recent obsession into the art of folding I can hardly express how desperately I need a copy of this book, thank you pleatfarm for the continuous inspiration you provide with every post!

8 D June 20, 2011 at 5:17 AM

Your blog is very inspiring! Thanks!

9 keta June 20, 2011 at 10:56 AM

I’m a student of architecture who has been following your blog for the wonderful inspiration given by your posts. This book is like the encyclopedia of pleats!! wonderful!!

10 Kapinny June 20, 2011 at 6:06 PM

Wow – that sounds like hours of fun.

11 Lily Lam June 22, 2011 at 10:45 AM

I’m so glad I come across this site!

12 Becky L June 22, 2011 at 11:41 PM

Awesome book & awesome blog!

13 AHalbig June 22, 2011 at 11:52 PM

LOVED the “Between the folds” documentary! Thanks for keeping me up to date on this book and for the awesome continuing inspiration!

14 Nir Tober June 23, 2011 at 12:21 AM

Love this blog!

15 Ellen June 23, 2011 at 12:51 AM

Thanks for the chance to win your book! I’m a graphic designer and houserabbit lover. I’d fold things for my 2 bunnies to play with and nibble : )
Check this out:

16 ThePaperPlume June 23, 2011 at 3:46 AM

Educate me! I’d love to get my hands on a copy of this book.

17 Kolleen Fortenberry June 23, 2011 at 5:59 AM

Looks like a wonderful book with practical instructions on how to fold paper.

18 Mr. Foldtex June 23, 2011 at 6:25 AM

Great site, great book. Very inspiring.

19 Mary June 23, 2011 at 6:58 AM


20 Leah June 23, 2011 at 8:30 AM

Wow, this looks super cool and challenging!! Love it!

21 Kathy June 23, 2011 at 10:29 AM

I’ll be teaching the English component of a Design Tech Pathways project (combining instruction in Design, Technology, English and Math) at Pasadena City College in the fall. This book would be perfect for our students. Amazing!

22 barbra June 23, 2011 at 10:47 AM

loving the concept of this book. looking forward to testing things out!

23 Candice June 23, 2011 at 10:47 AM

Fingers crossed for the giveaway!

24 Ed Hall June 23, 2011 at 11:39 AM

Wow! this is awesome, my photography mentor taught me how to do the basic and accordion pleats back in the 90′s and I took it up as a something to do while waiting around. I cant wait to see all the other things that can be done.

25 darren simmons June 23, 2011 at 12:13 PM

OMG…this book looks really interesting…and i can see loads of projects coming out of this.
keep up the great work.

26 Cliffton Caster June 23, 2011 at 2:13 PM

This book looks amazing! Can’t wait to flip through it!

27 gemma June 23, 2011 at 2:20 PM

WOW! i am a pleat enthusiast and this looks like yhe perfect inspiration!! amazing.

28 Rory Lefroy June 23, 2011 at 5:34 PM

I think I know what I’ll be doing today instead of studying – watching paper folding videos…

29 Cynthia Lam June 23, 2011 at 9:44 PM

So amazing! I am baffled by its beauty. :]

30 asja eggers June 28, 2011 at 2:09 AM

wow! looks amazing!

31 Kathleen June 28, 2011 at 3:12 PM

I would love to incorperate this in my window treatments.

32 anne June 29, 2011 at 10:24 PM

this makes me feel like a happy child, tinkering and playing.

33 Jono July 5, 2011 at 5:38 AM

I love paper and I love folding. I recently had a shot at creating a caricature of myself in paper. My daughters love creating many creative projects out of paper too. Looks like an inspiring book for the family

34 Sophia Vyzoviti July 21, 2011 at 11:15 AM

yes! i want one

35 Katie Pollard July 28, 2011 at 11:56 AM

yes this would be awesome for my paper furniture architecture project i am doing!

36 Matthew Gardiner August 1, 2011 at 2:57 AM

we like paul jackson.

37 Jess August 8, 2011 at 8:52 AM

This book looks amazing! Reminds me of my 3-d Design class… only with more elegant and dynamic designs!

38 Stacey August 25, 2011 at 8:03 AM

I am an Interior design student currently writing my Master’s thesis on the congruencies between fashion, architecture and Interior design and pleating has been one of the most inspirational forms I have studied – This book is a must on my Amazon favourites list I think!!

39 Jordi Lopez Aguilo September 15, 2011 at 2:57 AM

This book is just what I was looking for!

40 Elizabeth September 27, 2011 at 3:47 AM


41 Julia December 12, 2011 at 12:54 AM

This book is my love.

42 KikiPleat December 14, 2011 at 6:37 AM

Ma new addiction: PaperFolding, everything but Animals!

43 Melisa January 17, 2012 at 7:06 AM

this book is amaaaazing!

44 Jonathan Boudreau April 7, 2012 at 10:48 PM

Hey hey,
I don’t know if this give away is still on… if not the book looks amazing and has changed my perspective on folding paper and oragami, and will be a book that I will get some day.

45 mazurek April 10, 2012 at 2:41 AM

hey, amazing book!

46 paul November 17, 2012 at 3:14 AM

nice,but plzz how can i download this book ?

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